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west coast culture – september 2012 issue
Lois Brown: Underworld Explorer of Ice and Dreams Doing what most people only dare dream of
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the Grape: 34 Romancing The Alchemist's Dream
Focus on Peninsula Wineries Spotlight 42 Restaurant Zanzibar Café: Spice Paradise The Early Days of Brentwood Bay: 47 A look at the village formerly known as Sluggetts.
Columns First Word............................................ 8 Weatherwit...................................... 23 Island Dish........................................ 24 Forbes & Marshall........................... 44 Last Word......................................... 52
departments 9................................................. Letters 10................................... Can We Talk? 21.....................................Grey Matters 27............................. Veterinary Voice 32.............................. Common Cents 33.................... West Coast Gardener 38......................................... Footprints 45........ Young Readers Book Review 48..........................What's Happening 51.................................. Entertainment
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Freelance Writer Suzanne Morphet I love the outdoor life, whether it’s biking with my dog Oscar or hiking in B.C.’s beautiful mountains. For this issue I wrote about an invigorating weekend spent in the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, where I combined hiking and yoga, two activities that pair surprisingly well. I'm a professional writer, a former CBC Radio news reporter and the co-author of the Vancouver Island Book of Everything. I live in North Saanich. Freelance writer C.J. Papoutsis After spending way too many years as a civil servant and closet writer, I finally escaped from Cubicle City in 2004 and began writing seriously. I submitted my first story to Seaside Times three years ago and have, since then, had several more published in this lively magazine. Life can be sombre, but I focus on the funny side of serious. “Blackberry Harvest,” in this issue, compares a child’s pleasure of picking blackberries to an adult’s task-oriented approach with amusing results. My short stories and essays have been published in local magazines, anthologies and online. Contributing writer Jan MacRae The twists and turns of daily life are seldom perfect but usually entertaining. I like to be the first to laugh at myself and beat others to it. Two years ago, in Seaside Times, I wrote about Frankenlurching through tango lessons with my husband. We’re glad we tried but, well, let us never speak of that again. It seems our natural talents lean more toward activities requiring garden tools, barn boots and manure forks. Twenty-nine years on our Saanichton hobby farm has provided lots of those. However, as you’ll read, even country life can bug me at times. Graphic designer Rosemarie Bandura A self-employed graphic designer located in the Brentwood Bay area, I made the move west two years ago to experience the West Coast lifestyle first-hand, and I'm so very glad I did! I just love what the Island has to offer: it is such a beautiful, peaceful and friendly place. I am a very proud mother of one grown son, an avid golfer and horse lover. Soon after my arrival here I came across Seaside Times at my local post office. I loved the look and the local feel to it, so I emailed the publisher to ask if they needed extra design help from time to time. Well, here I am, now two years later, designing the new Seaside Homes section. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together! If you'd like to see more of my work please visit www.roseimpressions.ca.
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This Month’s Contributors Trysh Ashby-Rolls • Rosemarie Bandura • Jennifer Bowles Shelley Breadner • Lois Brown • Colin Eaton Michael Forbes • Doreen Gee • Valerie Green Claire Hutchinson • Linda M. Langwith • Jan MacRae Barry Mathias • Karen Morgan • Suzanne Morphet Dan Olive • C.J. Papoutsis • Carole Pearson Steve Sakiyama • Susan Simosko • Leia Smoudianis Jim Townley • Jo-Ann Way • Heather Zais
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first word Kids and their smiles … life doesn’t get much better than this.
"These kids are so dedicated, with aspirations to be the best of the best," I commented.
Last month during the Largest Little Airshow, Susi McMillan and her Sunshine Face Painting company took centre stage. She had the kids lined up, unable to contain themselves, and to see the expressions on their faces when she was done with each of them was priceless.
"The kids have their lives changed when they meet these pro guys," said Greg. "If the athletes recognize that and leave the right impressions, it’s very cool for the kids."
In mid-August I was lucky to spend some time in Whistler during the Crankworx festival, a 10-day event showcasing the best mountain bike athletes from around the world. To see these "kids," aged anywhere from 16 to 26, engaged in this sport was thrilling and incredibly motivating for me. At one point I was sitting watching the Canadian Pro Downhill. I started talking with this very young rider, about 12 years old, and I asked: "Are you competing today?" "No, you have to be about 15 and older," he answered with a smile. "But I can’t wait!" Upon my return I spoke to Greg Parish, marketing manager for Straitline Precision Industries, who also attended the event. Straitline exports its internal bike brand worldwide.
I guess where I’m going with this train of thought is this: I find lots of our children today are deeply, tragically over-scheduled. They have too little free time and far too much technology, and they need to find their smile again. Like most parents, we have too much on our plate. We create our own chaos. We are often a working parent and grandparent. I think it’s time for us to remember the important fact that these kids, our kids, will be our next generation. How can we help them be the best they can be? Remember, children smile because they are happy doing what they love. Whether they're five years old getting their face painted or 12 years old riding the trails in Whistler, they deserve to be happy. I would say start simply: just dance with them, laugh with them, tickle them … it keeps you both in touch with your joy.
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letters Seaside Times welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via editor@ seasidetimes.ca or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Like us on Facebook and you could win a $25 gift certificate to Spitfire Grill. Letters may be edited for space and content. Once again many thanks for the article inclusion regarding the 2013 Sidney-By-The-Sea calendar as featured in the August 2012 issue of Seaside Times. I thought it was an excellent placement and will no doubt help to further inform the general public about Sidney Sister Cities Association activities. ST is an excellent magazine. Keep up the good work! Bob McLure ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ I just want to thank you for the wonderful article by Doreen Marion Gee in the August Seaside
Times. She did such a great job sharing the information I shared with her! It will certainly create a buzz around the Grand Opening in September! I hope you are having a great summer, and I look forward to continue working with your staff in the future. Dustin Ray Wilks, Panorama Recreation ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ In response to Doreen Gee's blog "Gems" at www.seasidetimes.ca: Friends indeed are the treasure of life. The neat thing is that you aren't always aware who all your friends are until they jump in and do something that grabs your attention. Hence you should be nice to everyone! If we all watched our friends' backs … we'd never need to watch our own. John Espley
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ca n we talk? . .......... Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Matt Coste and
You grew up as friends on the Saanich Peninsula and graduated from Stelly’s Secondary School. Did you ever envision that you would both be owners of a new business at such a young age? Seth: I’ve always been unconventional, so I think the fact I’m involved in starting something so different isn’t that surprising. I also come from a family with lots of entrepreneurs, so following suit isn’t surprising either. Matt: Being self employed has always appealed to me. Tile has been a great outlet for practising craftsmanship and creativity. I wanted to expand on my installation company (Madico Tile) and leverage my knowledge to work toward something new. It’s been really exciting and gratifying to see an idea like this come to fruition. The concept for Mobile Tile came from both of your experiences: firstly with you Matt, and your years of owning your own tile installation company (Madico Tile) and secondly with you Seth, as a recent graduate from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business Entrepreneurship program. What made your partnership so perfect? Seth: I think any good entrepreneur needs to understand that it’s impossible to be successful by yourself. You need to have good people around you that complement your abilities, but share your goals. Matt and I have that going for us. Matt: It's a good dynamic: we have completely different 10
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skill sets and that has seemed to produce an all-around effeciency in our business. There is a lot of trust and understanding which I think is key to a successful partnership. We’re both excited about this concept and we seem to be equally dedicated and determined to make it a success. I’ve been working with some of the students from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business and I’m continually impressed at the quality of its graduates. Seth: you mentioned that you helped pioneer the formation of UVic’s Innovation Centre For Entrepreneurs, a resource centre for small business. Can you expand on this and did it help better prepare you for the real world?
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Mobile Tile by Madico is a brand new tile retailer with a mobile store component. It has an extensive selection of thousands of tile samples at its warehouse location. Customers may either shop at the warehouse, or make a mobile store appointment that includes a fully-customized selection of products specific to their needs.
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Seth: Yes definitely! Both the education and the position at ICE were incredibly valuable. The entrepreneurship module portion of my degree did a terrific job of simulating the startup process of launching a business. One of my primary tasks was to help community members and other students start out developing their entrepreneurial ideas. That’s how I got involved with Mobile Tile.
Explain to us why Mobile Tile is a brand new approach for purchasing tile, versus the traditional tile retail experience. What makes this concept so unique? Seth: It allows you to see a customized selection of 500+ samples, from our warehouse collection of thousands, at your own home or job site. However, it’s much more than that. Our slogan “Bringing The Tile Store To You” literally means just that! You’re getting a customized selection of products to look at that is personalized to your taste and project, instead of being overwhelmed by the clutter of an entire store. We have a highly experienced tile design expert with over six years of experience in tile retail that makes it possible for us to bring an ideal selection. You’re also getting to see everything in your own home, usually under the intended lighting. If you would prefer to look through our entire collection you can visit our warehouse showroom. Matt: We’ll advise you on your project from start to finish. A single on-site appointment enables you to select your tile and receive an accurate installation estimate, all while receiving advice on appropriate tile selections, design ideas and the use of the industry’s leading products. We ensure educated choices are made, helping to get it right the first time, and users avoid common and costly mistakes. Clients can be certain they are choosing appropriate tile, as well as waterproofing and in-floor heating products that will yield long-lasting results. Would you consider yourselves to be revolutionizing the industry and changing the way people are thinking of purchasing tile? Seth: Yes, the point of Mobile Tile is to change people's perception that choosing tile is a long and painful process, to something that can actually be quite easy and enjoyable! Matt: Mobile Tile offers unparalleled convenience for homeowners, contractors and interior designers alike. Just as when you think of window blinds now, you might automatically think of a place like Budget Blinds, where they'll come and measure, bring samples, etc., we want people to think of tile in the same way. When you think “we want tile,” your first instinct is no longer to go to a tile store. I understand you will be sponsoring the new Victoria Design Show called Design District The Series, launching October 8th on CHEK. What can we expect to see?
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Seth: You should see the whole process in action, and how it fits into the entire design process. As the tile sponsers, we will be supplying and installing the tile in each episode. You’ll also get to see a really entertaining local show! You both have a passion for this business and, knowing how driven you are, I know we are going to see more from you. Can you give us a glimpse of where you’re thinking of taking the company? Seth: The idea right now is to get this location to the point that it runs flawlessly, and then open up a new location in a place that lends itself to the concept. Hopefully we’ll keep growing from there. We are building the company in a way that it can be expanded in the future, maybe even franchised one day. In the short term, we’re looking to add some things to the business model that make it more environmentally sustainable, so watch for some exciting developments there!
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All the World's a Stage Take a cross-section of your local community, offer the people a chance to dress up, wear makeup (especially the guys) and become someone else for a short time, and you have a Drama Group. The Pender Islands’ Solstice Theatre Society is one of a number of thriving acting groups in this area, and continues to attract people of all ages and experience. It was first formed in 1991, and while many actors have retired or left the Islands, some of the early "thespians" are still involved. Over the years we have acquired a huge collection of costume and hand props, some of which are genuine period pieces, reflecting the variety of our productions. These range from an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to the much loved The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. Our largest
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at the back of their property. This has become a helpful screen for anxious patrons when the toilets back up, as happened recently: the loos flooded while Solstice was presenting a collection of humorous sketches; our actors continued as men with buckets and mops worked around them! When the storage container was delivered, it exhibited the residue of many years of storage abuse, and a host of members spent many "happy" hours cleaning and painting the interior. Our president, Gordon Resvick, who found it and negotiated the deal, led the construction of railings and shelves that enable us to store everything. So, eventually, we have created the most unusual and yet usable "wardrobe" that enables us to costume most plays, with minimum effort. Our next play, in November, will be The Foreigner by Larry Thue. Pictured are the directors, Julia and Greg Nicholls, trying out some of our immense costume collection. The lady in the firs is Helen Lemon-Moore, who has acted in many of our plays, and is the longest serving member on our Committee. I remember acting with her in The Passion of Dracula, where I played an alcoholic English lord, and Helen played my lover who turned into a vampire. Not an everyday occurrence, but as they say in the theatre world: “The show must go on!”
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Lois Brown: Underworld Explorer of Ice and Dreams by Doreen Marion Gee Christmas Day, 2011: Sipping a champagne toast on an iceberg in Antarctica! Lois Brown does what most people only dare dream of. She has walked through silent icy landscapes on the bottom of the earth where no man or animal has ever stepped. She has felt the rapture of bursting sunlight hitting tall blue frozen mountains in a pristine "no man's land" of grace and beauty. Lois bends the bar and defies the norm as a new age female explorer – fearless and confident. From the sands of Abu Dhabi to the fiercely elegant landscapes of the Antarctic, Lois Brown is on a global adventure to set her own limits and meet her own challenges under the shifting stars and sky. Lois is a professional photojournalist, with an enviable website of stunning shots worldwide. A quote by Miriam Beard sums up Lois' travel philosophy: "Certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights: it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." When Lois was immobilized with rheumatoid arthritis at 30, she got her pilot’s license and took to the air: "If I can’t walk, I am going to fly!" That undefeatable spirit and steely confidence propels Lois Brown in her adventurous life. Like an enchanted eagle, Lois has spread her wings across the globe, landing in Ireland, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, Australia, Tasmania,
Newfoundland, the Yukon and Arctic, NWT, Alaska and the Middle East – calling New Zealand and Victoria home. But last winter, Lois embarked on the ultimate challenge: Antarctica. She recollects an icy surreal Eden. In one experience, halfway up a frozen mound, Lois’ digital camera batteries died. She sat down, surrounded by friendly penguins running around at her feet. "That was the single best moment of my trip!" The traveller also described the pure nirvana of the serene Antarctic landscape where "You would stand and there would be absolutely no sound and nothing on the horizon. The pristine beauty was breathtaking. I was enthralled by how remarkably untouched it was. There was a magic there that was unlike any other place on earth!" Her message of conservation shines through in her work: The Antarctic is a very fragile ecosystem and it needs our protection from exploitation. Our survival is at stake: "What happens in the Antarctic affects everyone on the planet!" Lois will showcase her Antarctica photos at a Mary Winspear Centre fundraiser (September 20th to October 4th) in collaboration with two celebrated artists, Rick Silas and Bill Zuk. "INTO THE ICE: Arctic Meets Antarctic" boasts “Whatever we set out to make, we should make as well as we can. To do otherwise is spiritless.” P. T. Sudo
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Other event highlights will be Lois and Alistair Brown’s documentary, One Woman’s Journey: ANTARCTICA and the film Fragile Arctic: Broken Silence, Broken Earth by Bill Zuk and Lance Gilson. The potent message of environmental stewardship resonates with all three artists and their work. Proceeds from Lois’ documentary will go towards The Antarctic Heritage Trust and monies from Bill’s film will support the Arctic Art Museum Society. Lois Brown teaches us that dreams never discriminate; they are accessible to anyone. Our personal "Antarctica" is always waiting for us … to take the dare. Contact: SheTravelsPhotography.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; marywinspear.ca. Photo by Lois Brown.
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In winter, backcountry skiers helicopter into the remote lodge, but in summer, with four-wheel drive and a little patience, it’s possible to drive. The three-storey timbered lodge is completely "off the grid," but it’s comfortable and spacious, with a wood-fired sauna, showers, a commercialsized kitchen and enough beds to sleep 20 people. The Monashees get buried under about 16 metres of snow every winter: the dry fluffy kind that locals like to call "champagne" snow. It takes a long time to melt but when it does, the mountains come alive with babbling brooks, wildflowers and wildlife (mountain caribou, wolverine, deer and a healthy population of grizzly bears share these mountains). We’re here in early August and snow is still clinging to north-facing slopes and low-lying areas, but the effect
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is enchanting, especially since the patches of snow are streaked with bright pink "watermelon" algae (it’s named for its watermelon scent as much as its colour). Purple asters, red paintbrush, yellow lilies and lime green heather dot the mountainside. We’re dazzled by all the colour as we slowly hike up the trail, enjoying the scenery while keeping an eye out for a good yoga "studio." When we reach what looks like a small lake (but is probably just meltwater from all the snow) with a flat meadow beside it, we know we’ve arrived. We unroll our yoga mats, kick off our hiking boots and begin moving through a series of yoga poses that seem perfect for this tranquil spot. After all, where better to practise your mountain pose than on a mountainside?
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Over the next couple of days we hike higher and further afield and find more natural yoga studios. It’s as if the landscape has been designed with us in mind. Hiking is just as rewarding: with few trees, the views go on forever. One day we enjoy a picnic lunch on a ridge with a panoramic view over blue-green mountains, stunted fir trees and small ponds edged with snow. It’s raw, rugged wilderness with no other people, buildings or activity for miles around. Sol Mountain’s long-term lease covers 30,000 acres: three times the space of the Whistler Blackcomb ski area, and there’s no Whistler in the middle of it, just the one lodge and us. On our last morning we wander through a wildflower meadow near the lodge to find a spot for our final yoga class. There’s such a profusion of flowers it takes a while to find a place where we can spread our mats without squishing many of the blossoms. Our instructor leads us through some deep stretching and breathing exercises and, for a while afterward, we simply sit and absorb the sun’s warmth and the beauty of the natural world, feeling grateful to be alive. Suzanne Morphet is a travel writer and photographer in North Saanich. See more of her work at www.suzannemorphet.com. Photo by Suzanne Morphet.
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Local Coffee Roaster Goes Greener Local coffee roaster Jim Townley has found a cost-saving and green alternative to individual, single-cup coffee brewing, made popular by international manufacturers such as Keurig, Tassimo, Breville and recently Starbucks. Townley saw a big issue with the waste, cost and quality of the coffee being made available for single-cup brewing and scoured the
marketplace in search of a solution. He found it in the SoloFill, a refillable, reusable single-cup pod that fits into most single-brew coffee makers. It can be filled with freshly roasted coffee instead of the mass-produced and often stale coffee currently available. “When it comes to coffee, you
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years of chemotherapy, was OK for a while, then relapsed and had to have a stem cell transplant from his brother. It was a difficult time,” she says. “But I’m happy to report that he’s now a thriving university student who hopes to become an oncologist.” Bob and Kathryn agree that the money raised by the Tour make all the difference to the children and their families. “The real impact of the funds cannot be adequately measured,” Kathryn tells me, “because you cannot put a value on the emotional relief parents and children experience when they receive the help and support they need.”
What marks a real hero? In today’s crazy world of superheroes, it’s sometimes hard to tell. However, if it’s bravery, courage and a willingness to face unforeseen danger, then Bob McDonald and Kathryn Goodyear have just the answer. “It’s the kids,” they tell me. “The kids with cancer and their families who face obstacles most of us never experience. And they do it with grace, resilience and optimism.” For Kathryn and Bob, the children are the motivation behind their passionate commitment to cycle from Port Alice to Victoria, a distance of over 1,000 kilometres, in 14 days as part of the Tour de Rock team. Their goal is to raise $10,000 between them to support pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. Bob and Kathryn each know about kids and cancer first hand. Bob’s granddaughter, Lochlyn, was born with a rare genetic disorder that affects her heart, lungs and ability to swallow. “She’s already had more hospital time than most of us ever endure,” Bob says. “But she is one tough, adorable, little girl,” he adds with pride. For the past four years, Bob helped his police officer son, Rob (Lochlyn’s dad), train riders for the Tour. As part of that effort, Bob realized that Lochlyn and her family were far from alone in their struggles with cancer. “Kids all across the Island are fighting cancer,” Bob tells me. “While we may get a few sore muscles, it’s the emotional part of this journey that will be the toughest for the riders.” Kathryn is part of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and a familiar face at the Victoria Airport. When asked why she’s riding in the Tour de Rock, her answer is straightforward: “Because someone has to help those vulnerable children who have been struck, indiscriminately, by a horrible disease they cannot even begin to understand.” She tells me about a close friend’s son, diagnosed with leukemia at age 11. “He had two
Bob and Kathryn are adamant that cycling a demanding 1,000 kilometres in rain, wind and blistering sun is nothing compared to the grueling effects of chemotherapy and radiation. “We’re only the optics,” says Bob. “We represent the kids – the true heroes who need as much love and support as we can give them.” To donate to Bob and Kathryn’s campaigns, enter their names at www.copsforcancer.ca. You won’t regret a cent.
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Why Forgive? Why Not? by Trysh Ashby-Rolls Forgiveness. Such a loaded word, but what does it really mean? The word itself comes from the Greek “to give or to grant.” The Oxford dictionary definition is to “stop feeling angry or resentful towards someone for an offense or mistake.” Christianity speaks of forgiveness as a requirement, although it may take 10,000 talents. Buddhism says reconciliation cannot be reached in all conflicts. There needs to be willingness, honesty and restraint to resolve differences. Spirituality or religion notwithstanding, when we fully and genuinely forgive, it's a huge relief. It's getting there that's hard, especially when something's been eating at us for a long time. “Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons,” writes Clarissa Pinkola Estés. “In our culture there is a notion that forgiveness is a 100-percent proposition. All or nothing. It is also taught that forgiveness means to overlook, to act as though a thing has not occurred. This is not true either.” Colin Tipping has written two books on what he calls Radical Forgiveness, which he describes as “much more than the mere letting go of the past. It is the key to creating the life that we want, and the world that we want. It is the key to our own happiness and the key to world peace.”
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“We put a lot of energy and effort into blaming others when we don't forgive,” says Victoria-based healer Megan Edge. “We hold on tight, stay in a victim role and trigger negative patterns that result in physical and emotional self-harm.” Edge is the only practitioner in Canada certified to coach Tipping's model. Radical Forgiveness is a four-part process: Telling the Story; Feeling the Feelings; Collapsing the Story; Reframing the Story. Integration follows. It takes from one to several sessions to work through the stages. A client who we'll call Nell, a 70-year-old mother and grandmother, complains of body pain. Her doctor says it's stress and gives her pills. Intuitively, Nell knows the origins of her tension. After explaining that there are energy centres in the human body governing areas of human experience (chakras), Edge helps Nell identify where in her physical body she hurts. Careful questioning gently arouses Nell to clench certain muscles that are the cause of her pain as she remembers a horrible argument with her son. Edge asks Nell if she is willing to tell the story or what happened and what she experienced. An SEASIDE TIMES | september 2012 | www.seasidetimes.ca
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September Weather Forecast by Steve Sakiyama He who laughs last …
While observing people laugh, I noticed that everyone has their unique way of laughing – it’s their laugh signature. Take my friend J. for example. If there is such a thing as an International Laugh Classification (ILC) system, J.’s laugh would be classed as "Infectious." You know the types where their laugh causes others to laugh – just like somebody scratching or yawning causes me to do the same (although I would not want to be classed as an "Infectious Scratcher"). When J. laughs he looks at me with pleading eyes – as if to say "come on Steve, laugh with me." It works. I told J. that he should rent himself out to parties. My mother, on the other hand would be classed in the ILC system as a "Silent-Squeak" hybrid. Even if bent over in a hard laugh, with tears running down her cheeks, there would be no noise from her smiling, open mouth other than an occasional "squeak:" "squeak" … (long silence) … "squeak" … "Oh that is sooo funny" … (long silence then thigh slap) … "squeak" … (long silence) … "squeak" … (thigh slap). There are other types too, like "Gigglers" (aka "Tee Hees"), "Foot Stompers," "Santa Variants" and my all-time favourite: "Snorters" (a Snorter in the same room as an Infectious is a very potent combination by the way). Incidentally, after making a list of these types I discovered that other researchers have created similar classifications, although the laugh of my former neighbour has escaped everybody’s description: He would burst out in one loud "Hah!" … and that was it. I’m submitting this to the ILC Committee as a new discovery, and will give it a latin-ish name like "explosio cacophonyus," or "cacophonyii" if there are two or
Speaking of explosions and cacophony, this summer we had thunderstorms – a rare but awe inspiring meteorological phenomena in these parts. Thunder is the sound made by giant sparks in the sky called lightning. A lightning bolt is so hot it will warm the air though which it travels to 30,000° C (give or take a few degrees), which happens to be about five times hotter than the surface of the sun. This sudden and extreme heating of the air makes it expand explosively, creating a pressure wave moving through the air at around 1,200 km/h, that we hear as thunder. These sounds range from a loud crack if it is close, to low rumbling when it is far away. The rumbling can be due to the overlap of sounds produced from different areas of the lightning bolt. Are the far-off rumblings about our September weather going to bring a smile to our faces? Long-term forecasting models indicate normal temperatures this month, with precipitation more likely to be on the dry side. Given that the weather outlook this month is for pleasant, wonderful conditions that are typical for the time of year, I expect to hear a cacophony of Gigglers, Foot Stompers and Squeakers echoing through the quiet evening air. Listen for it – it’s infectious. What is your laugh signature? Let me know at email@example.com or, if you have any questions about thunder and lightning, post them to my blog at weatherwit.wordpress.com. ~ Weatherwit
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Ahhh ... Ahi by Jennifer Bowles
Paired with mayo, celery and chunks of pickle, tuna has long been a school lunch staple that made it into every lunchbox in the western world. It may seem run-of-the-mill, bottom line? Tuna is delicious no matter how you mix it! This month, the tuna isn't out of a can, not drowning in water and not slathered in mayonnaise. It's September and we step to the plate to take tuna to a new level. Fresh, succulent morsels of amazing Ahi, pan seared and crusted with sesame seeds, makes for an insanely delicious and surprising little sarny. Tasty, unique and worth the extra effort. There is nothing like a gorgeous slice of fresh tuna. The texture alone is like velvet, especially if you are a fan of tuna sashimi at your favourite Japanese joint, which is raw tuna that literally melts in your mouth. Kissed with a little soy sauce and a hint of wasabi, you will think you have gone to heaven. Although it's not sashimi, this easy, elegant sandwich is not only gorgeous to look at but seriously packs a lot of flavour, texture and is dead easy to put together if you are in a time crunch! Let's get started: Step 1) Get to your fish monger – you'll want the freshest Ahi tuna loin. You want to see a beautiful rose colour in the flesh, some fat striations and the smell should be fresh and free of that "fishy" odor. Step 2) Choose your base – This is going to be served on the bread of your choice; I chose an onion bagel. An unlikely choice, I know, but it complemented the tuna so beautifully and worked so well, balancing the delicate texture of the tuna and the chewy bite of the bagel. Step 3) Baby steps – Greens, avocado and lemon aioli will be partnering with this poisson. For your greens, think spring mix. Don't go with a tough or heavy textured lettuce – it will mask the velvety texture of your gorgeous tuna which would be a shame. The avocado should be ripe and, if possible, organic. Ever tasted the difference between an organic avocado and
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Tail-Waggin' Good Times! Most everyone is familiar with a dog’s smiling face and happy tail wag. Yet, a dog’s tail communicates so much more – we must remember: a dog’s tail is only part of the big picture. The entire body articulates what a dog is communicating. The tail is only a piece of the puzzle and a wag does not always mean “friendly.” Let’s review some of the basics and subtleties. Generally a broad sweeping tail wag is a sign of friendliness. Look for that dog smile, with the squinting eyes, relaxed ears and even a body swing with the wag. The tail is usually in a lowered, relaxed position. Compare this with an approaching dog with an upright tail, held rigid and wagged stiffly in in a small arc. Head is up, ears erect, eyes are locked on your dog, and the fur is up along the back. Of course, all these body signals tell us this dog is much less likely to be friendly. But what about all the in-betweens? Dogs wag their tails during most social situations, and the whole picture is needed. Socially, dogs wag their tail in greeting, just as we might smile when we acknowledge someone. As we discussed with cats and purring, dogs use their tail to facilitate “care-solicitation.” They will wag their tail when they want or anticipate something. The more excited they get about it, the greater the tail wag. Dogs will also use tail wagging to indicate submission. The tail is held low and often tucked under the belly, and the wag vibrates stiffly or in a small arc. It is the height position that differs from the assertive dog noted above, yet both show stiff tails with small range of motion. Dogs will often request release from an undesirable situation with tail wagging. This can be submissive or broad arc wagging in nature, and may or may not be accompanied by whining or crying. It conveys no
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desire for conflict or aggression, becoming exaggerated, along with other body signals, when we do not acknowledge it by releasing pressure of the conflict. Often times as humans, we may not perceive that we are behaving in a confrontational manner to the dog. Teasing and rough play are common examples of human behaviour where we can be too much for our pets. Watch for these exaggerated body signals and kindly acknowledge them by changing your behaviour. Structured games and play are far better ways to interact with our canine friends than rough house and freefor-all play. That’s a topic for another day, for sure! Tail wagging indicates a dog is engaged in a situation, be it a social interaction or other exciting activity. Watch your dog search for that “lost” ball in the tall grass. The tail is up, stiff and wagging. If your dog pounces on a mouse in the grass, that tail will be wagging once again. All predatory behaviour results in arousal, and tail wagging is a part of it. Tail chasing is a behaviour that we as humans often find humourous and entertaining. It can be a normal part of play, particularly in puppies, and is generally interspersed with other play behaviours. However, we must take caution not to reinforce this behaviour or this can become a compulsive (chronically repetitive) behaviour. Reinforcement can come from laughing, verbal encouragement or tugging at the tail, etc. Situations such as lack of exercise, under-stimulation (mentally) or stressful situations can all contribute to this as a behaviour problem. Equally so, punishment or prevention without dealing with the cause can also increase stress and poor welfare for the dog, exacerbating the behaviour. If your dog tail chases excessively, consult your veterinarian to review behavioural management. More information can be found at www.breadnervet.com.
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A Quick Tour of the New Saanich Peninsula Hospital Operating Rooms by Karen Morgan On August 23rd and 25th, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation invited the community for an advance “peek” at the new operating suite. Visitors marveled at its sleek look, along with the spacious and airy design. Missed it? Take the tour with us now: As you enter, you see offices for the OR Coordinator, Clerk and the Anaesthesiologists. Walk a little farther and you see a new doorway into one of the old Operating Rooms. Patients will arrive in the new operating rooms through here (in a future renovation, this will become the new pre- and post-operative area). Moving on, you see into the “sterile core.” This hallway allows for speedy, infection-free movement of supplies. Now to the real excitement! Behind the gleaming stainless steel scrub sinks are the three new operating rooms. In each OR, there is a fully computerized system with easy touch-screen controls. Two booms hanging from the ceiling house equipment for various surgeries (i.e. laprascopic surgeries) and gases to supply the anaesthetic machines. The OR lights are LED-equipped for maximum brightness, and one has a built-in camera. There are two monitors on the light arms, as well as a wall-mounted monitor; all have the capability of displaying different views for the surgical staff. Two computers in each OR give surgeons, medical students and nursing staff visual access to vital patient information and medical imaging views.
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The Fall Market Series by Jim Townley For the past 21 years the Peninsula Country Market has operated the longest-running open air market on South Vancouver Island, and this year the Fall Series will be more than just fun … it will be educational!
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Inspired to support local food producers from all over Vancouver Island, the Peninsula Country Market moves indoors starting September 22nd on the Saanich Fairgrounds and goes right until October 13th. The Saturday markets are a rain or shine experience, and making sure Mother Nature is less of a factor is why we go indoors later in the fall. This year the market runs one Saturday after Thanksgiving to ensure locals have access to some of the best produce the season’s bounty has to offer. With a slightly cooler spring (OK, just plain cold) this year, we
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Ravenhill Herb Farm: A Special Country Garden by Carole Pearson Before there was the Slow Food movement, the 100Mile Diet, and the whole "locavore" trend, there was Ravenhill Herb Farm. Located on a sunny slope in the Mount Newton Valley, the farm was started in 1979 when Noel Richardson and Andrew Yeoman purchased the 10-acre property and the 1910 Gordon Thomson farmhouse. They named the farm Ravenhill because of the black birds that nested in three trees behind the house. Yeoman and Richardson built raised beds and planted six of the most popular culinary herbs: basil, tarragon, chives, fennel, oregano and dill. Ravenhill was eventually supplying more than 24 restaurants and delis with freshlypicked, organic herbs. The farm now produces over 100 varieties of medicinal, culinary and companion herbs. Yeoman also designed the herb gardens at Government House and Spinnakers Brewpub and supplied advice on maintenance, material which is found in his book A West Coast Kitchen Garden: Growing Culinary Herbs and Vegetables. Richardson taught cooking classes when people began asking how to use fresh herbs. Her cookbooks are more than pages of recipes: they include lovely descriptions of life on the farm, the changing seasons and the pure sensual enjoyment of sharing good food, well prepared, with friends and family. Vancouver Island's first Feast of Fields was held at Ravenhill in 1998. The concept, begun four years earlier in Ontario, was to forge a connection between farmers, chefs and consumers. It brought foodies out to the farms to stroll the fields with plates of exquisite food, a white napkin and a glass of really good local wine. In the wider community, Ravenhill was a community resource for garden clubs, painting classes, photographers, horticulture and garden design students, and chefs in
training. The garden was opened for charity fundraisers, art shows and the Christmas in the Barn craft market. In latter years, Yeoman and Richardson were affected by health issues that slowed down their participation in running the farm. Richardson passed away in May 2011 and her loss was mourned by family and all who were part of their vast circle of friends. Jessy Delleman was hired in 2008 to help manage Ravenhill. This past summer, she has been selling organically-grown herb starts, seeds, culinary and medicinal herbs, herbal tea blends and herbalinfused honeys from Ravenhill at farmers' markets in Victoria and at the Saanich Fairgrounds, Delleman says people are really excited about the herbal-infused honey in particular: "It's a nice way to get the medicinal benefits of the herbs. They're super yummy and can be used in cooking, baking, flavouring teas, and dressings." The honey comes from Fredrich's Honey Farm, near Nanaimo. Ravenhill Herb Farm's Annual Autumn Equinox Plant Sale is set for September 22nd and 23rd from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1330 Mt Newton Cross Road. The farm is now closed for the season but tours can be arranged by appointment. Visit www.ravenhillfarm.ca for more information. Plants Shrubs Garden Gifts & Ornaments Trellis Arbors Pots, Pots & More Pots!
1890 Mills Rd, North Saanich
Come and explore my unique gifts, handmade cards, journals, calendars, handmade paper, wonderful gourmet foods & pastas, berry vinegars, jams & jellies, latté & cake mixes and so much more!
We Have a Great Selection of Natural Stone, Soil, Compost & Bark Mulch
Fall Sale On Now!
Gourmet Tastings Saturdays 12-5
Open Wednesday to Saturday 12-5pm
Open Tues - Sat 9-5 1780 Mills Rd, Sidney 250-654-0400 www.seasidetimes.ca | september 2012
Fit for Life!
Are You Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset? by Dan Olive
Get started on a beginner fitness and weight loss plan the right way! A registered personal trainer will meet you for an initial assessment and goal setting session, followed by 12 group exercise sessions in the weight room to create a fitness program and keep you motivated! $439 value for only $132. Pick up our Program Guide or visit us online for course dates and times. 250.656.7271 www.panoramarecreation.ca
Your Home Away from Home … and you don’t • New cosier lighting have to cook! • Comfortable leather seating to meet with friends and people watch
• New mural coming! • Friendly staff!
We’ve Been Making Changes to Your Community Coffee Shop!
• Outdoor seating
… a whole new Spelt’s!
at the corner of Wallace Dr. & East Saanich Road 32
What can you do to protect yourself? I’d suggest the first place to start is to move away from strictly price-based comparisons. When you first purchased your home, I’m guessing you didn’t ask the real estate broker for the cheapest home! You probably gave the broker a list of the things you wanted in a home to meet your family’s needs. Similarly, when you purchase your home insurance, you want to give your insurance broker a list of needs, such as: • By-laws Coverage: If your home is more than a few years old, you need this coverage to pay for improvements that must be made to the home to meet current by-laws. • Guaranteed Replacement Cost Coverage: This coverage will pay above your policy limits in the event that the rebuilding costs are higher than expected • Cash Settlement Option: Most policies only reimburse for items that are actually replaced. With this option, you can cash out (for full value) on items that you don’t choose to replace.
• Satellite radio! • Larger selection of sandwiches, drinks and “grab and go” service available
Dan Olive Partner, SeaFirst Insurance
For a lot of people, their home is their most valuable asset and forms the largest part of their retirement fund. Yet despite the importance of this asset, insurance coverage is purchased with little thought to ensuring that the home will be comprehensively covered in the event of loss or damage.
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• Personal Liability Limits: You’ll want to make sure you have enough coverage to help defend against suits brought against you or your family members. • Identity Coverage: The costs of rebuilding your identity can skyrocket – make sure your home policy includes sufficient coverage for this all-too-common fraud. • Earthquake: Insurance companies all over the world have responded to earthquake claims in other countries, and are sufficiently capitalized to do the same here on the Island. • Deductibles: It’s important that you choose a deductible that strikes the right balance between cost saving up front and security in the long run. Look for policies that waive the deductible on significant losses.
Dan Olive is a partner at SeaFirst Insurance Brokers, a locally owned and operated business with locations in Oak Bay, Colwood, Saanichton, Brentwood Bay, Sidney, Salt Spring Island and Pender Island. He can be reached at 250-652-5157 and manages the Anchor Insurance Saanichton office.
west coast gardener
Time to Show the Lawn Some Love! by Colin Eaton Back in the May issue of the Seaside Times I wrote about the benefits of mulch for your flower beds. In this issue I want to touch on the importance of mulch for your lawns. For many homeowners, the weekend lawn routine consists of mowing the lawn as close to the ground as possible as they try to Colin Eaton South Island Landscaping replicate the local golf course. They bag the entire grass clipping and that "waste" is dumped into a rotting pile in the back corner of the yard. If the lawn starts to turn brown, they react by applying more fertilizer and water, believing that the nitrogen/water combination is the saviour. Whatâ€™s wrong with this picture? Only a few types of grass are meant to be cut as low as a golf course fairway. You probably do not have that grass on your lawn so you are cutting it too short, causing undue stress. Short grass requires far more water to keep green than grass that is allowed to grow one to two inches longer. Most synthetic fertilizers are salt based and can have a negative effect on your lawn and the environment if not used correctly. What simple things can you do to enhance the health of your lawn? 1. Cut shorter in the spring and, as soon as the weather begins to heat up and the growth of the lawn slows, cut the grass at a higher height. The soil will love the extra protection.
Gartley Station â€“
The Story Behind the Business In the fall of 1997 my employer, the federal government, was in downsizing mode. Uncertainty ultimately led me to self employment by turning a beer and wine making passion into a business. As an amateur, I had won numerous competitions, provincially, nationally and even internationally, so it seemed natural and sensible to go professional.
As fortune would have it, my job with the Feds survived and I now had, and still have, a career and a business! As every entrepreneur knows, starting a business is difficult and new challenges arise every day the doors are open. There have been many ups and downs over the past 14 years, but exceptional personnel and continuing community support has pulled us through every time. Manager Kimberley Dragert, our staff and I would like to extend an invitation to the entire Peninsula community to say thank you. You are cordially invited to attend:
Gartley Station Open House Saturday, October 6th, 10:30 am - 4:30pm Free Lunch: BBQ Smokies, Vegetarian Chili Live Music, Prizes and Special Pricing on the Wines You Love.
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2. The single most important nutrient for your lawn is its own clippings. These clippings fall to the soil where they decompose to feed the organisms within the soil. They protect the soil from the baking sun and they assist in the retention of water within the soils. 3. I keep a sharp blade on my lawn mower. A dull lawn mower blade tears the grass as opposed to cutting it. This leads to stress and disease within the lawn. 4. Avoid using synthetic fertilizers and definitely fertilizers with weed n' feed. This pesticide is banned in most local municipalities and with good reason: it's definitely not something you want on a lawn where you, your family or the family pets will spend any time. Mulch away! Visit www.southislandlandscaping.com for additional articles concerning your landscape.
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#4-2353 Bevan Avenue, Sidney, BC 250.656.6977
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a farm winery
1 A Farm Winery & Roost Bistro
Open daily 11am - 4pm
9100 East Saanich Rd Roost Bistro 250 655 0009 North Saanich, BC Bakery 250 655 0075 www.roostfarmcentre.com /TheRoostFarmCentre
2487 Mt. St. Michael Rd, Saanichton 250.544.4824 firstname.lastname@example.org ❍
Romancing the Grape: the
A Farm Winery & Roost Bistro
The alchemy of transforming juice into wine and cider requires magic, artistry, A Farm Winery & science Roost and Bistro experience, skills our Peninsula vintners possess in abundance. For Natalie Windsor at deVine Vineyards, the passion to create something people will enjoy has enabled her to morph from glassblower to winemaker, developing a discerning nose for the grape and a delight in experimenting with new blends. Her secrets are kept in "The Book," a helpful guide when "changing the sheets" – moving the wine from one barrel into another. Natalie finds strong French oak perfect for the Roussanne, while American oak, more delicate, suits Merlot, and she is currently experimenting with acacia wood barrels for the Viognier. Her favourites: VRM, a classic blend of Viognier, Roussanne and Merlot, awarded the Judges Choice at the International Value
by Linda M. Langwith
Wine Awards; an estate grown Pinot Gris perfect with seafood; and Pinot Blanc, a saucy melange of Saanich Peninsula and Similkameen grapes with an herby twist, ideal for summer sipping. At Muse Winery, Peter Ellmann knows how to put the squeeze on the grapes by crushing, pressing, punching and racking. After their shake-down, the whites take a breather in stainless steel tanks, pampered with yeast and nutrients, before being racked into another tank. The reds are pumped back into the bins, where the skins and pulp, or "cap," which gives the wine colour and flavour, float to the top and are "punched down" twice a day with a paddle. Racking goes on four or five times over a two-week period, then the hotheaded reds go into stainless steel tanks to cool down, if necessary in the freezer, to stop fermentation. Everything is continuously monitored for sulphur dioxide levels, which Peter keeps well below industry standards. Both whites and reds chill out in the barn for cold stabilization through the winter. In April, the reds go into the barrels in the cool cellar for 12 to 24 months while the whites are filtered and blended. When it comes to blending, tasting is done by